2012-03-01 / Local & State

Students Share College Class Experience With SF School Board

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Four Southern Fulton High School students appeared alongside special education director Diane Younker last Tuesday to share their experiences with the school board in attending a college preparatory class through Allegany College of Maryland’s Everett campus.

Younker stated students Kenny Winebrenner, Danielle Miller, Laura Carbaugh and Darren Johns have been able to attend the class as a result of grant money provided by various agencies and the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR). The district’s only expense is transportation, but the benefit to students with cognitive disabilities has been vast as it aids in the transition to technical school or college.

Upon completion of the eightweek class, each student will be awarded one college credit. Areas covered through the “promoting academic success” program include note-taking challenges; multiple pathways to learning; knowing your rights and responsibilities; reading and studying skills; and problem solving and decision making.

Winebrenner said he learns through the visual process and has learned a lot about laws that affect him. “It has put a lot of worry away for me,” he stated.

Miller and Carbaugh both indicated they are visual learners as well. The course has helped them in note taking and will be an asset to them in their postsecondary education plans. Johns announced that for every hour he spends in the classroom, he needs to spend two outside the classroom learning. Known to talk and walk out his problems, Johns said he also recognizes that he uses his hands while speaking.

Younker said the students are taking the college prep class seriously and are always prepared and ready with questions.

Under policy, the board approved a second reading of 18 policies dealing with administrative and professional employees as well as operations and property. In a follow-up motion, the board approved a second reading to delete five policies. Policies to be removed from the district’s handbook include those dealing with Title 1 and human development programs, substitute compensation for professional and support procedures and emergency procedures dealing with property.

The board adopted a resolution stating its disapproval of charter schools. Superintendent Kendra Trail noted the resolution would be a means of notifying the public and state officials the effect these operations have had on their district.

Multiple personnel items were approved, including the addition of Kassandra Fink to lists for substitute teacher and teacher’s aide. Lacey Golden will also be placed on the teacher’s aide list, and Michelle Gordon will serve as a substitute teacher. The motions were authorized pending the re- ceipt of clearances.

Retroactive to February 14, Margaret Murdoch was authorized as a substitute teacher for the current 2011-12 school year.

Michael Merchant was appointed to the position of varsity assistant track coach. Merchant was the lone applicant for the position, according to reports.

An unpaid leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 was approved for Aaron Harris between the tentative dates of April 20 and May 7. An additional, intermittent unpaid leave of absence for the remainder of the year was also approved by the board for Anita Hollenshead.

Warfordsburg Area Youth Soccer (WAYS) was given permission to use any available fields at the high school between March 1 and June 1 and August 1 to October 31 between the hours of 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. WAYS is also scheduled to use the elementary gymnasium on March 24 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. to conduct a coaching clinic.

Eighth-grade students are slated to travel to Hagerstown, Md., to see the movie “The Hunger Games” at the Regal Theater in the Valley Mall. The trip is a follow-up to the students reading the book in class, and all costs will be paid for through grant funding.

Technology director Doug Leisher will be attending the Tech Talk Live Conference to be held on May 7 and 8 at the Lancaster Lebanon IU #13. The trip will be at no cost to the district nor will a conference in Hershey on February 29 through March 2, which will be attended by special education director Diane Younker. The conference organized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is entitled “Making a Difference: Educational Practices that Work.”

Items previously put up for sale through an auction process were sold last Tuesday according to bid requirements. M&C Lumber Co. Inc. was awarded a bid totaling $300 for the purchase of a six-cylinder diesel engine. W.M. Kirk purchased several items, including a 12-by-12 overhead garage door and opener; a Rockwell freestanding grinder; and a Rockwell drill press. Kirk’s purchases totaled $857.55.

In addition, a bid submitted by John Keefer in the amount of $136 was awarded for a Rockwell drill press. Craig Shoemaker purchased a John Deere riding mower after submitting a bid of $200, and a Woods zero turn riding lawn mower at the high school was awarded to Don Smith for his bid of $625. The same brand mower used at the elementary was purchased by Russell Smith for $300.

The board approved advertising for its activity runs as well as special van / vehicle transportation.

At the conclusion of the meeting, the board went into executive session to discuss issues regarding students, real estate, personnel and negotiations. No action was taken afterward.

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